National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2005
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
The Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all Americans are endowed by
the Creator with the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we celebrate the sacred gift
We have a responsibility in America to defend the life of the innocent and
the powerless. Our Nation has made significant progress in recent years toward
building a culture of life. Last year, I signed into law the Unborn Victims of
Violence Act of 2004, which provides that any person who causes death or injury
to a pregnant woman commits two separate offenses. I worked with members of both
parties to ban the brutal practice of partial-birth abortion, and I signed the
Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. Working with the Congress, my Administration
has halted spending of taxpayers' money on international programs that promote
abortions overseas. We continue to promote abstinence education, adoption
programs, crisis pregnancy programs, and other efforts to help protect life.
My Administration remains committed to the steadfast belief in the dignity of
every human being and the promise of every life. Across our country, we must
continue to encourage our citizens to make ours a more just and welcoming
society in which every child is born into a loving family and protected by law.
We will work with decency and respect to change hearts and minds, one person at
a time. In doing so, we will build a lasting culture of life and a more
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the
United States, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 16, 2005, as National Sanctity
of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with
appropriate ceremonies in our homes and places of worship and to reaffirm our
commitment to respecting the life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of
January, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.
GEORGE W. BUSH